The controversy over the academic qualification of Nairobi gubernatorial seat aspirant Johnson Sakaja has taken a new twist after it emerged that he is yet to graduate from the Univerity of Nairobi (UoN).

Sakaja, who is the incumbent Nairobi senator, has often claimed that he graduated from the luxurious Nairobi-based institution with a degree in Actuarial Science.

However, UoN’s communications director John Orindi said that the lawmaker is still their student and has not completed the course in which he enrolled in 2003 on a module two programme.

“It is true Sakaja was admitted to the university and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, studied from First Year up to Fourth Year, but is yet to graduate,” Orindi told Nation.

In the investigations being carried out by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives, it was established that Sakaja’s transcripts were incomplete.

As required by the law that anybody eyeing the county governor position must be a holder of a degree from a recognised university, the super senator on June 6, presented a degree from a Ugandan university to the electoral commission for clearance.

Sajaka’s papers indicated he studied at Team University in Uganda where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

The documents indicated he graduated on October 21, 2016.

However, the publication reported that a booklet from the institution for the graduation ceremony that took place in October 2016 does not contain his name among the six BSC (Management) graduands.

While vetting his certificate, the Commision for University Education (CUE) chief executive Mwenda Ntarangwi said Team University confirmed to him that Sakaja attended their classes online.

A petition has since been filed asking the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to bar the senator from the gubernatorial race.

Dennis Gakuu Wahome wants the senator blocked from contesting for failing to meet the requirement that a gubernatorial aspirant must have a degree.

By Tuko

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